Advanced Technologies for Better Care
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Skilled surgeons are critical when it comes to getting the best outcome
from advanced robotic-arm-assisted surgical procedures. Our surgeons have
been providing these minimally invasive surgeries since this technology
was first introduced. In fact, BCH introduced the innovative Mako and
da Vinci® systems to Boulder County--and has recently invested in
the latest da Vinci Xi™ technology and Mazor X™ Stealth system.
Procedures performed with robotic-assisted surgery systems may offer important
benefits compared to open surgery, including:
- Significantly less pain
- Less blood loss
- Less scarring
- Shorter surgery recovery time
- Faster return to normal daily activities
Mako Robotic-Assisted Orthopedic Surgery
Foothills Hospital is the only facility in Colorado to offer the full suite
of Mako options for knee and hip surgery, including total knee replacement.
Mako robotic-arm-assisted surgery can reduce pain and shorten recovery
time, getting you back to the activities you love.
The Mako surgery process starts with a CT scan of the patients' knee
joint that is used to generate a 3D virtual model of their unique anatomy.
This model is loaded into the Mako system software and is used to create
a personalized pre-operative plan that ensures the knee or hip implant's
ideal compatibility with each patients' specific anatomy.
Mako Robotic-Assisted Surgery Procedures Performed at BCH
Physicians Performing Mako Surgery at BCH
Da Vinci Xi Robotic-Assisted Surgical Specialties: Cardiovascular, Gynecology,
Urology and General Surgery
Foothills Hospital is home to the da Vinci Xi surgical system, the most
advanced minimally invasive option for the greater precision called for
when performing complex surgeries in the areas of cardiothoracic, colorectal,
general, gynecologic and urologic surgery. The Xi system’s enhancements include:
- Sharper 3D-HD visuals (10 times greater than the human eye)
- Four robotic arms that can move in virtually any direction
- Articulating instruments outfitted with technology to minimize blood loss and pain.
- Greater, more intuitive range of motion
The da Vinci Xi system takes even the most experienced, skilled surgeon's
human movements and refines them further. If there is a hand tremor, it
is able to reduce it. The advanced technology allows surgeons to make
micro movements and manipulations on a smaller scale than is possible
with hands in real life. Surgeons who use the system have described the
experience as enabling them to maintain all six degrees of free-wristed
movement while working in the body, and "to literally operate with
three `hands' at once."
To perform advanced procedures with da Vinci Xi system, surgeons make very
small incisions to insert a tiny high-definition, three-dimensional camera
and miniature surgical instruments into a patient’s body. Seated
at a large virtual-reality console, your surgeon uses the sharply defined
visuals to precisely maneuver hand controls that guide the robotic arms.
The arms hold instruments outfitted with cutting-edge bipolar and electrocautery
technology to minimize blood loss and minimize pain. Every surgical maneuver
can be performed with direct control by your surgeon: the da Vinci surgical
system cannot move on its own.
Da Vinci Xi Surgery Procedures Performed at BCH
- Cholecystectomy to remove the gallbladder
- Colectomy to treat colon cancer
- Hysterectomy to remove the uterus
- Mitral valve repair to mend failing heart valves
- Myomectomy to remove uterine fibroids
- Nephrectomy to remove the kidney
- Nissen fundoplication for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
- Nissen fundoplication for hiatal hernia
- Prostatectomy to treat prostate cancer
- Sacrocolpopexy for uterine or pelvic prolapse
Physicians Performing Da Vinci Xi Surgery at BCH
Boulder-area residents suffering from painful back conditions now have
local access to an advanced surgical system that can make complex spine
surgery safer and less painful.
Boulder Community Health (BCH) now offers the cutting-edge Mazor X™
Stealth robotic guidance system, which allows BCH spine surgeons to use
a less-invasive approach to complex spine surgery. BCH’s
Foothills Hospital is the first Colorado hospital north of Denver to offer this revolutionary
Mazor X™ combines proprietary software to plan the surgical procedure,
a robotic arm to precisely guide the placement of implants during complicated
spine surgery, and real-time imaging feedback to ensure the procedure
proceeds as planned. This higher degree of accuracy throughout the surgical
procedure can provide better outcomes for patients compared to traditional
Additional advantages of Mazor X™’s minimally-invasive approach include:
- Improved surgical accuracy
- Smaller incisions
- Less risk for complications
- Less exposure to radiation
- Less bleeding
- Shorter hospital stays
- Faster recovery
Boulder Neurosurgical and Spine Associates (BNA) surgeons will use Mazor
X™ technology to treat adult patients with a variety of spinal conditions,
ranging from degenerative disc disease to scoliosis.
Physicians Performing Mazor X Surgery at BCH
Please view our blog on the
Mazor X™ Stealth system to learn more.